Sustainable Development Goals

grid illustration of sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of ambitious goals, targets and indicators adopted by all United Nations (UN) member states in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDGs address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The 17 SDGs and 169 targets included in this agenda seek to mobilize all UN member states to take concrete steps to achieve sustainable development across economic, social and environmental dimensions. 

A key facet of the agenda is a people-centered approach and the recognition that the SDGs are interlinked and integrated. It calls for action by all countries to provide for a more prosperous, peaceful, and healthy future. 

The agenda also recognizes that reaching these goals requires stakeholder involvement at the international, national, regional and local levels – governments, businesses, universities, civil society, and people everywhere all have roles to play.

Faculty Professional Development

The Office of Energy & Sustainability seeks to collaborate with faculty to develop sustainability-focused curriculum. We help faculty identify ways to incorporate SDG learning objectives and SDG goals in their curriculum. Once the program is developed and vetted, students would have the opportunity to search for and take these classes and could get recognition upon completion. This will provide a professional development opportunity for faculty participants as well as an incentive for students to take these classes. Contact if you are interested.

Check out our current list of ACC’s Environmental Programs & Courses.

Service Learning

Service learning combines learning objectives with community service to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs1. The Office of Energy & Sustainability can help faculty incorporate service-learning in their courses through sustainability-focused curriculum and volunteer opportunities.

Check out our current list of Green Volunteering – local opportunities. This list includes ACC Office of Energy & Sustainability opportunities.

1McDonald, Betty. Improving Teaching and Learning through Experiential Learning. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020.

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